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Healthcare software bugs have big consequences

Almost all software programs have bugs in their code.  The bugs may be security holes, problems displaying pages on mobile devices or inaccurately displaying results in reports to name a few. So it should be no shock that electronic health record (EHR) systems would have bugs as well.  EHRs are complex software programs and are …

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HHS Office for Civil Rights releases ransomware guidance

There has been a lot of articles written lately about the threat of ransomware to healthcare organizations. Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center paid a $17,000 ransom to regain access to their systems after they were infected with ransomware.  Several other hospitals have been ransomware victims and countless other medical practices have fallen victim as well. There …

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Don’t Let HIPAA Audits, Ransomware Sink Your Practice

HIPAA Secure Now! President and CEO writes an article for Physicians Practice called: Don’t Let HIPAA Audits, Ransomware Sink Your Practice At the same time medical practices are faced with the increased likelihood of a HIPAA audit, hackers hover around waiting to steal patients’ personal data and/or hold it hostage through ransomware scams. These practices …

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Becker’s: 8 HIPAA compliance best practices

A recent article over at Becker’s Spine Review, discusses some of the “low hanging fruit of HIPAA compliance”. They give 8 best practices for being HIPAA compliant. For the article they interviewed David Holtzman, JD, CIPP, vice president of compliance strategies, Cynergistek and Aaron Tantleff, partner and intellectual property lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. Encrypt health information.  The …

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Secure Now! Discusses Data Security on Worldwide Business with kathy ireland®

  Tune in to Fox Business Network as sponsored programming and Bloomberg International on Sunday, June 26, 2016. See market-by-market listings below. Los Angeles, CA – June 23, 2016 — Secure Now! President/CEO Art Gross will soon appear on the award-winning, global TV show, Worldwide Business with kathy ireland®. Gross will share his expertise in the small and mid-sized business …

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Lack of HIPAA Education causes problems in Orlando

By now we are all aware of the horrible event that took place in Orlando over the weekend.  Mass casualties caused local hospitals and ERs to respond heroically.  One of the tasks required during these operations was the necessity to communicate patient status with family and loved ones.  Unfortunately, this was not handled very well. …

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Phase 2 HIPAA Audits – The OCR Emails Have Begun

Back in March, we reported that OCR had announced its Phase 2 Audit Program.   OCR stated that they would compile a database of both Covered Entities and Business Associates to form the basis of the pool of organizations potentially targeted for audit.  They have followed up on their intentions and in the last week organizations …

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Holy MACRA! – Being HIPAA Compliant is Part of How Physicians get Paid

On April 27, CMS came out with a proposed rule on how physicians will get paid under MACRA (the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act).  If you want to read the whole 962 page snoozefest, you can find it here (PDF).  But sleep or not, this regulation changes the fundamental Fee-For-Service (FFS) system that CMS …

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New ransomware is bad news for healthcare organizations

Well that didn’t take long. In a recent article I made the case that newer variations of ransomware could result in a reportable HIPAA breach.  I argued that if ransomware not only encrypted the victim’s files but also copied the files off of a computer or allowed access to the files, then the result could …

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